Suspending a pupil: procedures and guidance
Be clear on the procedures for suspending a pupil, when you can lawfully do so, and who you must inform.
- What is a suspension?
- Informal or 'unofficial' suspensions are unlawful
- What the headteacher must consider before suspending a pupil
- Pupils who require special consideration
- How to report and record suspensions
- Arranging provision for suspended pupils
- Headteachers can cancel suspensions
- Governors have a responsibility to consider suspensions
- Reintegrating a pupil after suspension
This article is based on the following guidance from the DfE, both of which came into effect on 1 September 2022:
- School suspensions and exclusions (read our summary to find out what's changed). This guidance applies to all pupils, including those above and below compulsory school age
- Behaviour in schools
Both guidance documents apply to maintained schools, academies (including free schools), alternative provision (AP) academies (including AP free schools), and pupil referral units.
Use the previous guidance for pupils suspended before 1st September 2022
A pupil can be suspended for 1 or more fixed periods,